how Solar Power Works

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The Breakdown

We install solar panels on your roof (or commonly known as Photovoltaic solar) which are made of glass and silicon, silicon is a conductor. What that does is captures the sunlight in the form of photons, which is radiation. That hits the conductors and generates dc electricity (direct current). DC electricity is similar to the electricity you would find in a flashlight or a car battery. Then what happens is the DC is collected off the roof and comes down into your Inverter. Now what the Inverter does is convert it from DC to AC (alternating current). AC is what we use in our home and most of our appliances. Basically what happens is electricity goes where it is being called. So if you flip a light switch on in your house, it’s going to illuminate that light, so the electricity will go from the switch to that light .If your house is not calling for any electricity, then your electricity simply goes back out to the grid.

This is the fun part about solar, We have what’s called a bidirectional meter. Which means your meter runs forward and backwards. It runs forward when you are consuming, generally speaking that’s how a home is set up right now. However, when you are producing more electricity then you are consuming, your meter runs backwards and what happens is you start to develop credits. These credits are like rollover minutes on your cell phone, they are stored on your bill through your utility and automatically applied to your bill when they’re needed. Because we are able to put electricity on the grid and take it off, it doesn’t matter how much solar you make in a day, a week, or a month. Solar is a yearly proposition. So if you consume
10, 000 kwh and you make 10,000 kwh in solar production then your yearly consumption is zero, They cancel out. This is the power of solar. Because we utilize net metering, which allows us to put energy back into the grid when the sun goes down.